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Flatbush Golf Course Photos

Our Sunday started out at Flatbush Golf Course which is a South Central Pennsylvania course that you don’t seem to hear a bunch about. It is close enough to Gettysburg that you’d think the course would get mentioned every now and then. My friend found it online and I was mixed up, thinking that Flatbush was actually South Hills Golf Club. There is no shortage of courses to pick from around here, that’s for sure!

We had a mid morning tee time and things were unusually quiet when we arrived. I’m not sure if it was the triple digit heat index keeping the golfers away or the holiday weekend, but we didn’t have much trouble with the pace of play. We waited on a foursome, however we didn’t press them as they were playing quickly. We played in under 4 hours.

Like many of the South Central Pennsylvania courses, Flatbush is out in the farmland. As soon as you walk out of the proshop you get an unobstructed view of the 1st, 9th, 10th and 18th holes. You even get glimpses of other holes off in the distance which will likely get you curious about which hole you are looking at. Coming from Virginia where dense trees line so many holes, the openness at Flatbush is what I enjoyed the most!

The course is not completely devoid of trees, though. Trees line many of the fairways and offer just enough definition to guide you where you want to go, all while allowing you pitch it back in play if you end up underneath one. A mix of different colored native grasses this time of year added to the look of Flatbush, making it more aesthetically pleasing than you’d expect for a flat course. Some would probably argue that many holes blend together at Flatbush because of the open, flat land. And, I wouldn’t win any arguments against them trying to say otherwise!

I guess if I had to label the course I’d describe it as “modern parkland” style, just with some rustic highlights. Flatbush reminded me of a course in the Midwest or even a tree-lined version of Wyncote Golf Club, over near Philadelphia. There is a windmill between the 2nd and 12th greens that added to the country look.

I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that Flatbush reminded me of Wyncote! Both courses opened around the same time (late 80’s/early 90’s) and were built by the same design group – Ault, Clark and Associates. If you golf much at all in the Mid-Atlantic then I’m sure that you have played one or two courses by Ault, Clark and Associates. Besides Wyncote, think of Worthington Manor, Locust Hill, Blue Ridge Shadows and Glade Springs. They have a host of other courses but the ones I’ve listed are likely some of their more widely-recognized, public courses around.

What you get at Flatbush doesn’t vary much from the design group’s other courses, at least from my experience. You get many straightaway holes with somewhat wide looking fairways that end up being smaller than they appear. The fairways are pinched with bunkers and green complexes require precise shots. I’ve found most Ault, Clark and Associates courses to be second shot courses and you don’t typically lose a bunch of golf balls. My beef with their work is that usually, there are too many bunkers for my liking and the greens have too much slope for my tastes.

However, at Flatbush some of the bunkers have been filled in and the greens seemed flatter, compared to the usual Ault, Clark and Associates course. This was reflected in the rating of 72.5 and slope of 128 from the blue tees, where I played. The course plays as a par 71 and 6,679 yards from the blue tees. Overall, I’d say that Flatbush is more playable, and enjoyable, than the design group’s usual course. The biggest difficulty here will be some long par-4’s.

There aren’t any holes that strike me as signature holes at Flatbush but you do have options about how you’d like to play most of them. I haven’t been hitting my driver well so I opted for mostly 3-woods and hybrids off the tee. Thankfully, that worked out well for me! The par-5 7th was my favorite hole on the course because of the options. I hit a good drive and was just outside the distance where I could comfortably reach in two shots. A pond and trees to the right influence the layup and you can either lay up or try to carry it over the pond. I decided to hit a long club over the hazard and that left a relatively easy pitch.

The conditions at Flatbush continue to affirm that South Central Pennsylvania is a great location to golf! The ground was firm and the fairways were a bit long, but everything was pretty full. As you’ll see from my pictures there were hardly any imperfections. I had nice lies everywhere I hit it, including in the rough, which was cut down. The greens had some brown spots here and there but nothing that affected the rolls. They were smooth and a good holing pace. The bunkers were the only “downer” part of the maintenance, as they had rocks in them.

While Flatbush wouldn’t be the first course that I’d recommend in the Gettysburg area, it is one I doubt you’d have any regrets playing. If you are looking for a new course on your Gettysburg vacation or for a new course to try if you call Baltimore or Harrisburg home, I think Flatbush would be worth the drive!

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